COVID-19 Update

 

     In response to steps being taken by our government’s leaders in regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Carmon and I, along with the leadership team, would like to share our thoughts and plans with you so that we can all make well-informed choices moving forward.
     Like many, you may have been tempted to feel anxious by the news reports about the virus and how it has spread around the world. We share your concerns, but we encourage you to approach the situation spiritually and practically. As the apostle Paul implored the church in Philippi, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). When we do this, the Bible says God’s peace will guard both our hearts and minds. Remember, prayer is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
     Practically, we should pay attention to the health precautions experts are giving us. “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (Proverbs 27:12). Since being in close proximity to one another poses increased risk of catching or spreading the virus, we will have to make some adjustments to how we meet together.
     First, if you are sick, we ask that you stay home and get some much-needed rest in order to be back with us soon. You will be missed as everyone of us is an important part of Jesus’ body, the church. In addition, there are some in our fellowship with health challenges that could be at risk if you decide to attend. We ask that the same precautions be taken with your children who are also at risk. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).Secondly, follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of germs, such as: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Read more…